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Highlands Center for Autism was honored in the Congressional Record

Highlands Center for Autism was recently honored in the Congressional Record by Senator Mitch McConnell. The Congressional Record is a record of the proceedings of Congress, and is published daily when one or both Chambers of Congress is in session.

Senator McConnell paid “tribute to an innovative, beneficial, and truly essential organization that serves fellow Kentuckians diagnosed with autism”. The Senator explained how the Highlands Center for Autism, is making a significant difference in the lives of its children and families by providing a highly structured treatment program dedicated to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Senator McConnell also acknowledged that the Highlands Center for Autism is the only program of its kind in the state of Kentucky, and has been operating for just over 3 years.

The Center’s program director, Shelli Deskins, PhD, BCBA, is an eastern Kentucky native who earned her undergraduate degrees from the University of Kentucky and her M.S. and Ph.D. in psychology from Auburn University. Dr. Deskins is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

“I am honored to receive this national recognition from our Senator. He visited the Center in 2010 and recognized the tremendous amount of hard work that has gone into making the Center successful. The Center would not be what it is without our staff, parent, board, and most of all our children. It is a privilege to treat our children and be instrumental in the amazing progress they make.” - Shelli Deskins, PhD, BCBA, Program Director of the Highlands Center for Autism


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